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Disrupting the Subject of "Passion vs Pay"

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Leadership is often a popular topic discussed by Social Worker Dr Brene Browne as our ability to show up as our true authentic selves, she says "To be the person who we long to be—we must be vulnerable. We must take off the armour, put down the weapons, show up, and let ourselves be seen."


In our world today we often ask each other whether we should choose between our passion or career, but we need to stop letting this dyadic conflict impact our lives. We need to explore our thoughts around how we can be a leader by practising what we value. The questions we need to ask ourselves more of is “how can we let our skills shine?" or "How can we create a balanced and holistic life where we have time to do the things we enjoy?”


Many Gen Z's and Y's understands the struggles and costs associated with modern-day living, they want a stable salary but they get bored of living a routine life. To take risks, go off-road and disregard formulas just don’t feel very pleasing, especially in today’s climate of economic uncertainty. Risk-takers don’t let the fear of failure stop them from pursuing their goals and dreams. They embrace and accept uncertainty. It's not that Risk takerRisk-takers are not afraid, they just know that the cost of not trying outweighs the cost of staying the same.


The best way to take risks or go “off-road” is to commit to the journey, create process orientated goals and find a way to craft your time wisely without isolating yourself from other people. Comparing yourself to others will only hinder you from being able to move forward.

We need to be inquisitive about our own life situations, solve problems and find solutions. We need to look deeply into our values and ask ourselves what is important to us. Is it being: humble, creative, outgoing, precise, efficient, technical, knowledgeable, kind, generous, wise, friendly, responsible, personable, authentic, diligent or daring. These are just some of the traits we might value in a leader and finding these characteristics within us and practising how we want to be is something we can start practice right now.


Everyone can practice being a leader and you don’t have to have a title to prove your worthiness to others. When you start asking yourself questions like “how can I commit more time towards doing what I’m passionate about while finding opportunities for myself and others”, you are asking yourself what a true leader practices every day. That is curiosity, innovation and compassion. You might find it really hard crafting the life you want, but by having a wholehearted commitment towards living a purposeful life, you’ve already started your journey into creating a meaningful story.


" If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected." -Brene Brown.


Firstly, let's make it clear that there is nothing wrong with wanting to do what you love and get paid for it, ONLY IF you are ready to do things you might not like while committing to a life of purpose.


Roadblocks may get in a way, you may have encounters with people you don't like and you may find you may have to do some things that may be uncomfortable. Doing what you love every day will also require you to give up things that you love. If the benefits outweigh the costs then jump in and enjoy the ride. There will be a lot of uncertainty, perhaps followed by a series of lessons and rewards, regardless of the outcome, as long as you choose the adventure towards self-growth, there is nothing impossible or unreachable about living a purposeful life.